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The 2015 ICS photography competition is now open for submissions, and we’d like to encourage our ICS alumni from India, Nicaragua, Tanzania and the UK to take part!

Volunteers can submit their photo via online form or via Instagram, twitter or Facebook using the #ICSphotocomp hashtag.

This year’s competition will also include a video category; you can submit their videos via YouTube, Vine and Instagram using the same hashtag.

Winners from outside of the UK will receive an SLR camera, and UK winners will receive work experience with a professional photographer and a Jessop’s voucher worth £100.

Anyone can vote for their favourite picture, and the winners will be chosen based on the number of votes received, how well the entries reflect the ICS programme and the category entered. This year the entries will be judged by professional photographer Andrew Aitchison, with VSO and one of the winners of last year’s photography competition.

In 2014, Raleigh alumnus Martín Jiménez Velásquez from Nicaragua was named the winner of the competition, which was covered by BBC online.

Photographs are a great way of sharing your ICS experience. We think the best pictures show emotion, impact, diversity and friendship (Brownie points for including Raleigh branding which raises awareness of our work!).

Jamie Robinson is currently a team leader in India, and submitted this photo from the village of Kannur, where children and community members gathered to see a handwashing unit being built during a hygiene awareness-raising session. We love the boy in the striped shirt showing off his clean hands, reducing the spread of illnesses! If you love it too why not give it your vote and share it?

Photo taken by Jamie Robinson. Children and villagers gather during a ‘tippy tap’ demonstration to raise awareness of handwashing to reduce the spread of illness.


There are seven categories for this year’s ICS photo competition:

•    Action at Home
•    Teamwork
•    Environmental action
•    Education and learning
•    Health
•    Voice; a photo that shows communities being supported to take civic action
•    All enterprising; a photo that captures a business enterprise or livelihoods project

For the video category the judges are particularly looking for great film footage from life on the ICS programme. This could be a film that captures your project, your relationship with your team mates, your involvement with the local community or your host family.


For more information and how to apply see


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